Mackenzie Health (formerly York Central Hospital) has been designated as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) through the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) since April 2012. Achieving this designation recognizes that our organization has successfully implemented an unprecedented 17 recommendations of the RNAO’s internationally recognized Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs) over the three year program.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to everyone who made this achievement possible. Becoming a BPSO designate is the culmination of three years of intensive work and speaks to the dedication and perseverance of our healthcare team. We have the knowledge that we are adopting the very best guidelines for our patients,” says Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO.
The BPSO journey engaged nurses and other professionals from a variety of roles and specialty areas to actively collaborate in implementing evidenced based practice. As well as improving clinical outcomes, these projects empower and invigorate nurses and allied health members, strengthen nursing practice and raise the profile of nurses as knowledge professionals.
In addition, the BPSO program has significantly contributed to the hospital meeting many strategic objectives. By implementing these 17 BPGs across the hospital, Mackenzie Health is demonstrating its commitment to creating a practice environment that actively supports clinicians in applying the best evidence to practice. From caring for children with asthma and helping new moms with breastfeeding to caregiver strategies for older adults with delirium, dementia and depression, this process will continue to benefit patient care across the healthcare continuum.
Realizing our BPSO designation is fundamental to our organization’s efforts of putting knowledge at the forefront of care and clinical excellence. This designation signifies the tremendous progress our hospital has made and positions us as a centre of excellence for the implementation and evaluation of best practice guidelines.
“As we celebrate our designation as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization, I wish to thank our nurses and interprofessional colleagues for their steadfast dedication to delivering the finest care to our patients, families and communities. We are proud of our accomplishments but also recognize our journey is ongoing as we continue to implement, evaluate and disseminate Best Practice Guidelines,” says Tiziana Rivera, Chief Practice Officer.
BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES IMPLEMENTED
Year One: 2009 – 2010
Year Two: 2010 – 2011
Year Three: 2011 – 2012
Year Four 2012-2013
Year Five: 2013-2014
Year Six: 2014-2015
Year Seven: 2015-2016
Year Eight: 2016-2017
ABOUT THE BEST PRACTICE SPOTLIGHT ORGANIZATION PROGRAM
Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSOs) are healthcare and academic organizations selected by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) through a Request for Proposals process to implement and evaluate the RNAO's best practice guidelines. It is a dynamic partnership that focuses on making a positive impact on patient care though evidence-based practice.
The RNAO has also developed guidelines that are dedicated to treating chronic conditions such as diabetes, stroke, hypertension and asthma. Forty-seven guidelines have been developed to date, including ones focused on the use of restraints, preventing falls, wound care, and preventing childhood obesity.
Each healthcare facility selects guidelines they feel will have the greatest impact on the health and well-being of their patients and clients. During the three-year partnership, each organization will implement guidelines, identify ways to sustain best practices, and evaluate their impact on patient and organizational outcomes.
After the three-year mark, organizations are designated as Best Practice Spotlight Organizations and join over 200 sites already on board in Canada and abroad.